Presidential candidates in both parties battled for the crucial backing of black and Hispanic voters Friday as the race shifted toward states with more minority voters.
Republicans crisscrossed South Carolina looking to derail billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who each came to the state with a burst of momentum after the first two nomination contests. Several candidates embraced the chaos as they felt out the best strategies to survive South Carolina and advance into a grueling March primary schedule, when 58 percent of the party's delegate total will be at stake.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush defended his decision to bring his brother, former President George W. Bush, to South Carolina to help him campaign. Speaking to ABC's Good Morning America on Friday, Bush said recruiting the former president wasn't a sign of desperation, as Trump suggested has suggested. George W. Bush left the White House in January 2009 with low approval ratings.
Two students were shot and killed Friday at a high school in a Phoenix suburb but the danger at the campus was over, police said, as hundreds of worried parents crowded outside nearby stores to await word on their children.
Two 15-year-old girls were shot once at Independence High School, but it was not clear what led up to their deaths, Glendale Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. Authorities were not looking for anyone else, and a gun was found near the bodies, she said.
The circumstances suggested the possibility of a murder-suicide or double-suicide, but Breeden said no determination had been made. She had no information on the relationship between the girls, who died at the scene and were found near an administration building.
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Donald Trump has long questioned whether Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, is eligible to be president. Now, Trump is threatening to sue Cruz over it.
Trump says Cruz may not be a natural born citizen, one of three qualifications to be president that are listed in the Constitution. Trump tweeted Friday he has standing to sue Cruz over the issue.
Cruz has defended himself from the "birther" claim that he's disqualified from the office, including in a presidential debate in January. But Trump's latest remark, coming after a week of negative campaigning between the candidates, is the first time he's threatened to take action over it.
Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, an historic development in the 1,000-year schism that divided Christianity that may, however, be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress.
Francis was having the brief talks in Cuba before heading off on a five-day visit to Mexico, where the pontiff will bring a message of solidarity with the victims of drug violence, human trafficking and discrimination to some of that country's most violent and poverty-stricken regions.
The meeting and signing of a joint declaration was decades in the making and cemented Francis' reputation as a risk-taking statesman who values dialogue, bridge-building and rapprochement at almost any cost.
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Republican Jim Gilmore has suspended his longshot bid for the presidency, the former Virginia governor announced on his Facebook page Friday.
Gilmore, 66, entered the race last summer but found himself in a crowded field of candidates who had more money and greater name recognition. He finished a distant ninth in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, with fewer than 200 votes, according to unofficial results.
Born in Virginia, Gilmore served as a prosecutor and attorney general in that state before he was elected governor. He was barred by state law from seeking a second consecutive term.
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Syrian President Bashar Assad says he supports peace talks in his country and will not stop taking control from rebel forces, according to NBC News.
Speaking exclusively to news agency AFP, Assad promised to regain control of his country, and that he “fully believed in negotiations and in political action since the beginning of the crisis.” But he warned that peace will take “a long time and will incur a heavy price.”
He said he felt there was a risk that Turkey and Saudi Arabia, both backers of the opposition, may decide to bring military forces to Syria.
Marathon discussions in Munich with Russia and a dozen other countries led to calls for a “cessation of hostilities in Syria,” which will start in a week.
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A machete-wielding man who slashed four people in an Ohio restaurant and was later killed by police apparently acted on his own, police said Friday.
Columbus police called in the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to look into Thursday's attack, which ended with police fatally shooting 30-year-old Mohamed Barry after a five-mile car chase. Police are still seeking a motive in the attack.
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With an icy blast of arctic air set to sweep the Northeast this Valentine's Day weekend, millions are bracing for what forecasters warned could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade.
The polar vortex is expected to send temperatures plunging into single digits. Wind and other factors will translate to 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit lower then the actual temperatures at times, according Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.
The frosty air will be hazardous for those spending time outdoors. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot, hypothermia and frostbite.
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Forecasters warned Friday that the Northeast would experience what could be the coldest temperatures in over a decade this Valentine's Day weekend, NBC News reported.
Several Cities are facing the prospect of subzero temperatures, the productcof a weather system called the polar vortex, a large cyclone that sits above the North Pole all year round. The National Weather Service said the "life threatening" icy blast was set to arrive in the region Saturday, but the coldest air would not arrive until Sunday morning.
Boston's forecast low of -2 looked relatively balmy compared to the outlook for -9 in Hartford, Connecticut. Albany was forecast to experience -10 with -11 possible in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to The Weather Channel.
Meanwhile, New York City is forecast to have 2 degrees on Saturday.
"For people stepping outside on Sunday morning, it's going to be like walking into a freezer," said Weather Channel Lead Forecaster Michael Palmer.
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The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.
The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.
"Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.
The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.
The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.
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A selfie stick is not only useful for tourists on vacation or surfers showing an inside look of crashing waves – now sea lions are getting in on the fun.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a new campaign ad Thursday that prominently features the daughter of Eric Garner, a New York man who died in 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer.
"People are dying. This is real; this is not TV. We need a president that’s going to talk about it," Erica Garner says in a voice-over in the four-minute campaign ad titled "It’s Not Over."
Her father died in July 2014. His death was ruled a homicide, but the officer who restrained him in a chokehold was not indicted by a Staten Island grand jury and argued he was using a different, department-approved take-down maneuver called "the seatbelt."
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